[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 10 November 2010 Wednesday

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Newsbriefs 10 November 2010 Wednesday

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


Flaws delay House OK of amnesty proclamation (INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines - (UPDATE) It looks like the enforcement of the amnesty proclamation President Benigno Aquino III issued to rebel soldiers and officers involved in three uprisings under the Arroyo administration will have to wait.

Members of the House of Representatives want to further scrutinize a "flawed" proclamation that had "more questions than answers" and will call into a hearing jailed Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and members of the fact-finding body that looked into the failed mutiny in 2003, which Trillanes led then as a Navy officer, to shed light on the results of the investigation.

The committees on justice and national defense were expected to tackle Aquino's proclamation this Wednesday when the congressmen decided to summon in the next hearing not only Trillanes but Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to answer questions on the about the amnesty proclamation that the President issued last month.

Proclamation 50 grants amnesty to officers and enlisted personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) who took part in the July 27, 2003 mutiny at the posh Oakwood Apartments in Makati City, the February 2006 standoff by Marines in Fort Bonifacio, and the siege of the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati on Nov. 29, 2007.

Clinton meeting with Aquino set (abs-cbnNEWS.com)
MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE/CORRECTED) - Former United States President Bill Clinton will pay a courtesy call on President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III at 3 p.m. today.

Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Ramon "Ricky" Carandang confirmed the report to radio dzMM on Wednesday.

In an interview with ANC's Dateline Philippines, Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the meeting is scheduled at 3:00 p.m. (not 6 p.m. as we earlier reported) in Malacañang.

"The courtesy call is scheduled at 3 p.m. today at the Premiere Guest House, also called the Bonifacio Hall," she said.

War over contraceptives law gets down and dirty (abs-cbnNEWS.com)
MANILA, Philippines - Philippine congressmen on Tuesday urged Catholic bishops to refrain from name-calling and stick to facts as the battle to pass a reproductive health (RH) law heats up in Congress. 

House Minority Leader Edcel Lagman, a key proponent of RH legislation in the House, rejected allegations by Catholic priests that they could be jailed if they speak out against the RH bill once it is passed into law. 

Lagman said the provision against malicious propaganda will not apply if the Catholic Church makes statements based on facts. He also defended the President's stance on responsible parenthood, saying it is within the law. 

'Congress allowed 27 state firms to set own salaries' (abs-cbnNEWS.com)
MANILA, Philippines - Lawmakers will have to shoulder some of the blame on the high salaries and allowances of executives of state firms, according to one official of the Department of Budget and Management. 

Speaking before a House of Representatives committee inquiry, DBM Compensation Division Director Mary Grace Chua said the Senate and Lower House exempted some 27 state firms from coverage of Republic Act 6758, otherwise known as the Salary Standardization Law. 

Chua said approval of Joint Resolutions 1 and 4 paved the way for the state firms to prepare their own compensation and allowance packages.

The 27 firms exempted from the Salary Standardization Law are: 

  a.. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP),
  b.. Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA),
  c.. Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP),
  d.. Credit Information Corporation (CIC),
  e.. Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP),
  f.. Duty Free Philippines,
  g.. Government Service Insurance System (GSIS),
  h.. Social Security System (SSS),
  i.. Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG),
  j.. Home Development Corporation,
  k.. Landbank of the Philippines,
  l.. Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA), 
  m.. Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS),
  n.. National Power Corporation (Napocor),
  o.. National Transmission Corporation (TRANSCO),
  p.. NBN-4
  q.. Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR),
  r.. Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC),
  s.. Philippine Export Zone Authority (PEZA),
  t.. Philippine Home Insurance Corporation (PHIC),
  u.. Philippine Postal Corporation (PPC),
  v.. Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (PSALM),
  w.. Small Business Guarantee and Finance Corporation (SBGFC),
  x.. Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA),
  y.. Tourism Promotion Board,
  z.. Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority, and
  aa.. Trade and Investment Development Corporation.
Lawmakers from both the House and Senate had called officials of these companies to separate hearings in both chambers.

Aquino declares Nov. 16 holiday (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines-President Aquino has declared November 16 a national non-working holiday in observance of the Muslim holiday Al Adha.


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